160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the sometimes proud, sometimes sordid history of the Los Angeles Police Department, Ed Davis occupies a key chapter. Davis’ was a life of service, starting with a stint in the Navy and continuing with a career in policing that began in 1940. As chief from 1969 to 1978, Davis led a department that had more than its fair share of challenges: Anti-war protests, airline hijackings, the Manson Family and the Symbionese Liberation Army. All the while, he worked in a city infamous for political corruption and police abuse. In the process, he made some key reforms to the department. It was Davis who launched the Neighborhood Watch program, as well as the SWAT unit. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAfter leaving the LAPD, Davis went on to a new career in politics – a failed run for governor, a tarnished U.S. Senate campaign and three terms in the state Senate representing parts of the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys. Though he was at times controversial, Davis’ dedication and service to the people of L.A. won’t be forgotten. He was a man who spoke his mind honestly and earned respect from the whole community.